Lona Griffin Flocke studied art at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and received her BFA in drawing from Florida State University in 1977. She has worked in a variety of drawing and painting media. Primarily an oil painter in recent years, she now favors water-mixable oils for their lower toxicity. Her works have been included in numerous group shows.
Geography is a major influence in Lona’s life and work. From her earliest work in the coastal marshes and pine/palmetto uplands of north Florida, to her eight years of seasonal employment in Yellowstone National Park, the importance of place has remained a constant. Lona makes her home in the rocky woodlands of central Texas, where she has lived since 1979.
Wilderness invigorates, comforts and humbles me. I am endlessly absorbed by the effects of climate, geology and topography on land and the contrasts that these factors produce. I love the softening effects of vegetation on a harsh landscape, the definition which sun angle gives to landforms and the influences of latitude on life-forms. To examine these boundless concerns on a finite canvas is thoroughly engaging for me.